Short Film Program

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2017

Hi Strangers, it’s been awhile… Opening Night 2017!

$15 at the door

Fri May 19 8:00 PM

Rooftop turns 21 this year. We’re legal, but we’re not playing it safe. On opening night, we’re celebrating with our favorite stories from moral grey zones and uncharted territories: a mushroom of colorful balloons kills two before escaping to Canada, an unnatural presence enters a tickle fight, a subversive dance number takes down the patriarchy, a convenience store robbery goes hilariously wrong, and a Russian circus meltdown is played in reverse. And after the on-screen mayhem, we’ll keep the madness going at the after-party!

The Films

Hi Stranger

Kirsten Lepore | USA | 3

I made this film especially for you. I needed to check in with you. I needed to tell you how I feel.

Blind Sex

Sarah Santamaria-Mertens | France | 31

At the end of the summer holidays Louise a 20 years old blind girl is stuck with her mother and sister. Lost in a forest she reaches a nudist campsite where an unexpected encounter will shake up her habits.

Tickle Monster

Remi Weekes | UK | 5

When Natalie learns that Elliott is ticklish, things get bad. And then they get worse.

The Robbery

Jim Cummings, Dustin Hahn | USA | 10

Crystal robs a liquor store - it goes pretty ok.

Boss Bitch

Winona Regan | USA | 2

A mom, a judge, and a firefighter each battle sexism in this animated music video created by Winona Regan. Each woman is a boss bitch in her own way, twerking and shooting lasers as they take on the patriarchy to a rap by PTAF.


Nikyatu Jusu, Yvonne (Michelle) Shirley | USA | 19

Brooklyn teens Mya and Erin are thrust into a revenge scheme that threatens an irrevocable domino effect. The two girls navigate a Brooklyn summer they will never forget.


Nathan Truesdell | USA | 6

Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, 'The Mistake by the Lake' by launching a bunch of balloons.

The Tale of Hillbelly

Daren Rabinovitch, Isaiah Saxon, Sean Hellfritsch | USA | 9

In high alpine pastures, a rural young man performs advanced yoga. He meets a fragile fox andcommunes with it. He journeys to high peaks and through deep meditation, attempts to reach further enlightenment. However, his own physical hunger prevents this and drives him deeperinto nature than he could have ever wished for.


Ilya Naishuller | Russia | 4

A circus of destruction, played in reverse.


Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès. For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms. Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the ""5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene"", Innov Gnawa make great use of this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music by Innov Gnawa
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
After-Party sponsored by Corona Extra, Tanqueray, Freixenet and Fever-Tree Tonic


No refunds: in the event of rain this show will be rescheduled.

Seating is first come first served.

No outside alcohol permitted.


The Old American Can Factory

232 Third St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

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